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Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10: Get it at the right price!

First of all, as gadget lovers we all want the latest and greatest phone that’s out every year. While that may be the Samsung Galaxy S10 or the Apple phone out later on this year. The phone’s available on offer are getting dearer and dearer though. www.CompareMyMobile.com, have listed ways in which give us, the punters the best way to save some cash when buying new phones. Looking at the best contract or the best solution when trading in phones. Furthermore they’ll look at the best deals in buying and selling phones and sim only options.

Rob Baillie’s Tips

If you want the new Samsung Galaxy S10 or are waiting for the Galaxt Fold, CompareMyMobile.com will have the best solution for you. While, phones are getting dearer and they want to help.

“This was an interesting gamble for Samsung. The rush to seize the spotlight ahead of the biggest mobile event of the year meant they risked splitting the interest – deflecting buyers away from a very impressive S10 flagship handset, and towards the technically flashy, futuristic Fold device, that is at a price point which it can’t really back up yet in terms of proving value, that said sales are looking strong suggesting their new model does enough to get people upgrading.

The good news is that recycling prices have held steady in the aftermath of the launch, despite older phones typically declining in value when a new model is launched. In the four days leading up to the launch the average Samsung device trade in value was £70.66, and the four days after it was £70.78 with the average S9 losing less than £1 off the best price in the period before” Rob Baillie, mobile expert at www.comparemymobile.com

Not so Smart

Rob even gave some advice for those not looking to have all the latest gizmo’s:

“If you’re not yet ready to make that kind of investment, there are some fantastic phones on the market at the moment that won’t cost you thousands but also a lot of competing messages. The average consumer is likely to be lost in jargon-heavy white noise – do they need 5G? Do they need a bigger screen? Do they need a smaller screen? – when what they really want is a stable phone with a good performance and battery life. The market is about to be flooded with options and the risk is it will simply leave consumers with analysis paralysis, choosing to make no choice at the risk of making the wrong one. This is why we have rounded up the best options on the market.” Rob Baillie, mobile expert at www.comparemymobile.com

Trade In’s

To save some cash you can unlock your mobile at no additional cost to you once you are out of contract. So, all you have to do is phone your provider. Consequently, you can sell it to a much wider market this way. Furthermore you can get an additional 10% on what you would’ve received if you want to trade it in! Also, see below for a look at what you can be entitled to:

Device Working
Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB £             73.00
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB £           220.10
Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB £           121.00
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB £           123.10
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB £           300.26
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 32GB £            95.00
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 64GB £           248.20
Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB £           203.00
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB £           280.20
Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB £            36.00
Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB £            300
Apple iPhone 6 16GB £           85.00
Apple iPhone 7 32GB £           178.10
Apple iPhone 8 64GB £           321.10
Apple iPhone X 64GB £           476.10
Apple iPhone XS 64GB £           645.00

 Rob Baillie’s Picks

SO YOU’RE LOOKING TO SAVE MONEY:

BUY: A Samsung Galaxy s10e 128GB on O2 via e2save , with £190 upfront cost, 4GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts

Monthly price: £29

SELL: Samsung Galaxy S8 64GB for £220.10

NEW EQUIVALENT MONTHLY PRICE: No upfront cost and £27.75 per month

 GO BIG:

BUY: Galaxy S10 plus with 128GB of memory on ee via Metrophone with no upfront cost and a mighty 60GB of data

Extras: unlimited minutes and texts + £25 auto-cashback

Monthly price: £58.00

SELL: Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB for £280.20

NEW EQUIVALENT MONTHLY PRICE: £45.28

YET WHO NOT GO CLASSIC:

BUY: Galaxy S10 128GB on EE via Buymobile.net with 50GB of data

Extras: unlimited minutes and texts

Monthly price: £43 + £99 for the handset

SELL: Galaxy S9 64GB for £300

NEW EQUIVALENT MONTHLY PRICE: No upfront cost and £34.62 a month

(Compare my Mobile)

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IKEA Smart Home Invasion

When we think of smart home tech we think of the Apple’s, the Amazon’s, the Phillips’ of the world. When we say to you flat packed furniture the company that springs to mind is IKEA. IKEA smart home invasion is coming your way in 2019.

However, that soon may change in 2019, with IKEA set to become a major player in the smart home market. Wired are reporting that by playing to it’s strengths, not only in brick and mortar stores. One can assume that their displays is the perfect opportunity to show off how the tech works, before a customer buys it. But, furthermore by building inline sales and partnerships with the big boys in Sonos, Apple and Xiaomi.

Weapons in their arsenal

IKEA already have smart home kit in their Arsenal, with smart home light bulbs (TRÅDFRI) and smart electrical outlets (KADRILJ and FYRTUR) both systems are low cost and near invisible tech. They both work manually as you’d expect and automated controls. Not only that, but they also work within the main ecosystems of the three big players within this market. The Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit. If IKEA are smart enough they could put smart home tech into all aspects of the home, be that kitchen gadgets, home entertainment or garden accessories.

As you would expect IKEA are implementing the same DIY aspect of their furniture into their smart home tech.

“It is as simple to install KADRILJ and FYRTUR as all our other blinds….You can even change from an old HOPPVALS or SKOGSKLÖVER to this one, using the same bracket. This means that the customers can easily install the smart blinds themselves, a unique IKEA property.” Lena Engman, business leader home textiles at IKEA

Wired are reporting that Björn Block, business leader of IKEA Home Smart confirms that we will see more smart products in 2019. This smart home push begins with the smart blinds that are releasing in ‘some markets’. The highest profile product will be a smart speaker: SYMFONISK, this will be in collaboration with Sonos. Which, consequently, is part of a long-term Future Home Sound Project.

SYMFONISK was first teased in June last year and is expected to hit stores ‘mid to end of the year’. The smart speaker was designed to fit in to various pieces of IKEA furniture. Which not only makes sense in the home of customers but even easier for the retail powerhouse to show off it within their stores.

(WIRED)

An outlook…

Will this foray into the Smart Home market dent the grip that the big boys have on it? Will people take IKEA seriously in the tech world? Only time will tell, but if done right IKEA have a great outlook on things, after all, we all buy our flat packed furniture from there, why not our smart home tech if it were integrated perfectly?

For a more extensive look at how IKEA are taking on the smart home market please click here to check out WIRED’s deep dive look at IKEA’s Smart Home Invasion.

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CRAZY Facetime HACK

This is an incredible flaw, it’s amazing yet incredibly scary at the same time. (Don’t worry Apple have since stopped this from happening & are working on a permanent fix)

What the issue was, was, a user could start a group Facetime with someone & add themselves into the call before the other person has picked up or accepted the call. Consequently the original caller can now hear EVERYTHING from the other end. It’s like they actually answered the call. Therefore effectively eavesdropping on the other person.

The problem was that a user could listen in to another iPhone users conversations! Even if they hadn’t answered the call! Scary stuff indeed! If users were running 12.1 of Apple’s iOS then this would be possible.

New York authorities are even looking into Apple, citing if Apple did enough to warn people of the issue.

Apology

Apple swiftly apologised:

“We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.

Apple continued….

We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix. We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible. We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us”

While an update to prevent this from happening again is due out next week. While there is no immediate fix for the flaw, Apple have since disabled Group Facetime on their serves. Therefore the feature is unusable for anyone, whilst the fix is being made. Once this flaw has been fixed, the feature will be available to all again.

14 Year Old Discovery

However, it has since been reported by the BBC that a young man and his mother tried to warn Apple of the flaw sometime ago but were ignored!

According to the Wall Street Journal, Ms Thompson, a lawyer, started contacting Apple on 20 January, but was unable to get a hold of anyone at Apple, days after contacting them about the huge security flaw. Apple, like many other tech companies, offer money for users who discover bugs in their products.

However, Kevin Beaumont who is a security researcher. Told the BBC that Apple are probably dealing with loads of bug reports all the time. Which may take significant amount of time to look through and prioritise.

“Many companies typically aim for 90 days to resolve reported security issues, and much of that time can be spent reaching the right people and setting the right priorities…..It appears the mother and son attempting to report this issue were passed around departments by Apple. That isn’t ideal, and something Apple needs to work on.”

(BBC, 2)

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Apple Holiday Showcase

We recently were invited to a super secret Apple Holiday Showcase Event where they showed off all of their latest gadgets and gizmo’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! They showed off a lot of things from their latest keynotes amongst a bunch of other super cool 3rd party devices that are a lot of fun! Below are some of our favourites! Don’t forget to check out our gallery of the event at the bottom of the blog post!

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3rd Party Products

Sphero Mini

sphero.com

The Sphero Mini is a smaller version of the ever popular Sphero. You can do almost everything that it’s bigger brother can do, but in a smaller form size! It’s about the same size as a table-tennis ball! Different to the other Sphero’s available, the Sphero Mini uses facial expresssions to play! Face Drive will track a users expressions such as smiles, frowns, head tilts and more to control Sphero Mini.

The Sphero Mini has three different driving modes within the app: Joystick, Tilt, Slingshot, or Face Drive.

There are also a range of games available to play with Sphero Mini too! Such as:

  1. Exile II: Use Mini as a controller to move and shoot spaceships.
  2. Lightspeed Drifter: Control a futuristic ship racing inside a tunnel with Mini.
  3. Round Trip: Rotate Mini to destroy a polygon of “bricks”.

 

As with all Sphero’s the Sphero Mini can also help users learn how to code! Using the Edu app you are able to program the Sphero Mini by drawing, dragging blocks or text coding. Sphero Mini comes in 5 colours: blue, green, pink, orange and white. All of which are interchangeable!

Specs:

  • 10M Range, connect via Bluetooth
  • Charge with the included micro USB
  • LED lights glow in any color
  • Gyroscope & Accelerometer
  • Charge an hour, play for 45 minutes
  • iOS 10+ & Android 5.0+ compatible
  • Height: 42mm / Width: 42mm / Weight 46g
  • Top speed 1m/s
  • Accessories – miniture bowling pins and cones – included

(Spher0) (Purchase £49.99)

Sphero BOLT

Sphero.com

The Sphero BOLT is the bigger brother of the Sphero Mini and it does back a punch! Producer Bill had a lot of fun trying to programme the Bolt to go around the table at the Apple Holiday Showcase Event!

It’s designed for children trying to encourage them how to code. However, we feel as though this can be for any age who are into learning how to code! The Bolt uses advanced sensors to track speed, acceleration, direction and drive Bolt without having to aim the robot thanks to the compass! It also uses infared technology to communicate with other BOLTs.  The shell itself is bluetooth enabled allowing it to communicate with the app and other BOLT’s

You can use the Sphero Edu app from a desktop or mobile device to create custom activities or even download some of the aweseome community created programmes to play with. Learning to code can be as simple as drawing on the screen, use Scratch blocks or if you are advanced coder write your own Javascript text!

Specs:

  • Live Sensors
  • 2Hr Playtime
  • Auto Aiming
  • Inductive Charge
  • Durable Shell
  • Bluetooth Enabled

(Spher0) (Purchase £149.99)

 

Play Interactive Gameball

Apple

This was a lot of fun whilst at the Apple Holiday Showcase event! It’s a simple ball game but has a lot of intelligent tech inside of it!

You can play with an iOS device for on the move fun or via the Apple Tv. The free Gameball app (iOS) comes already loaded with a ton of single and multiplayer games. They’re simple but so much fun! Such as hot potato or who can make the ball spin the most in an allotted time!

The games are focused on improving a players hand eye co-ordination, agility and creative thinking. Such as the single player game called “Impossible” this is a platformer designed to start off easy and get harder as the game progresses. Users will have to think outside the box to think about ever increasing heights, RPMs and airtime challenges.

Whilst Multiplayer games such as Mulitplayer Showdown is a simple racing game. While Party Time is based around silly challenges which will bring family and friends laughing for hours! Other games such as Skyscraper and Sport Labs tap into STEM and the competitive nature of users. As precise airtime, height, speed and catch force is recorded to help a user better understand the physics behind sport.

 

(Apple, Purchase here)

DJI Tello Edu

This drone from DJI is designed for the first time Drone flyers or children who are looking into drones as a hobby.

Apple

Again, like many of the devices we have featured here, the Tello Edu drone is designed to help younger people get into coding. It’s the ideal for anyone engaged in STEAM-based learning. The drone flys incredibly well and has DJI’s cutting edge flight technology like many of it’s bigger drones. Allowing for precise and stable flying.

The drone is super light and very strong, making it great to learn how to fly drones inside as it’s less susceptible to breakages and/or injuries. Plus, for all the young filmakers out there the drone has an incredible 720p video recoring camera on it and can take pictures with it’s 5MP Camera!

The Tello Edu App in conjunction with Swift Playgrounds will help users code the drone. It’s made it easier for children and novice coders with the introduction of colourful interface, helping users easily navigate themselves around the app. Therefore allowing users to have complete control of their drone whilst completing simple manoeuvres

Features:

  • Enhance your flight with DJI’s flight control technology
  • Learn coding with Swift, Scratch or Python
  • Program a swarm of drones
  • Mission Pads offer multiple fun uses
  • Unlock more programming possibilities with the upgraded SDK 2.0
  • Control Tello Edu with the app on your iPhone or iPad
  • 5MP photos and 720p video with Electronic Image Stabilisation
  • Precise hovering
  • Multiple flight modes
  • Safe and easy to use

(Apple/Purchase £139.95)

Apple Products

iPhone Xr

Apple

iPhone Xr was really impressive! We loved the form factor and the fact that it can do almost as much as the more powerful size iPhones The lower end of the Apple iPhone lineup but still as incredibly powered as it’s more flagship devices. The iPhone Xr is all screen, glass, allowing for wireless charging and aluminium design. With an LCD screen that’s the mosr advanced LCD in a smartphone, Liquid Retina, standing a 6.1 inches. iPhone Xr features Face ID, True Depth camera system, the same camera system as the iPhone Xs which creates dynamic portraits in a single camera lens. The iPhone Xr is also IP67 rated, protecting it from every day splashes. (Read More)

(Purchase £749)

 

 

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro was very impressive, we love how sharp and clean it looks! The design is definitely one of the best designs that we have seen here at How To Kill An Hour.  Using it in person the device is super quick and can undertake tasks quicker than a regular laptop can. Even dual loading two different apps at one time. We can definitely see this replacing some laptops for some of our readers out there. This device is definitely one to keep an eye on!

The iPad Pro has seen an incredible upgrade, marking the biggest change to iPad ever. The display has been transformed into a beautiful edge to edge Liquid Retina display. It now includes Face ID, USB C and out performs many PC laptops. Furthermore there are updates to Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio. The second generation Apple Pencil now connects to the iPad Pro magnetically, wirelessly charging at the same time. The Smart Keyboard Folio has a brand new design that’s adjustable for added versatility. (Read More) (Purchase 11″ £769 / 12.9″ £969)

Macbook Air

Apple announced a brand new version of the Macbook Air recently to replace the current Macbook Air. This new Macbook Air features slimmer bezels on a stunning 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the latest processors. Making the worlds most loved notebook, the Macbook Air, even better! Seeing it in person is really really impressive. Again, this little Macbook is crazy quick and is perfect for all the bloggers and students out there!

The keyboard has been improved to share the same quality keyboard than that of Macbook and Macbook Pro. But it’s in it’s 3rd generation, with a slight improvement on the ones in the Macbook and Macbook Pro’s. Furthermore the Macbook Air’s trackpad has also been improved. Pressure sensing capabilities and haptic feedback on a 20% larger trackpad offering a quieter and more capable trackpad experience.

Audio experience on the new Macbook Air has also been improved seeing a 25% loudness imcrease and 2x more bass than the previous generation. The Macbook Air also comes with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Allowing connections to external storage, docks for additional ports and 4K and 5K displays. (Read More)

Mac Mini

Mac Mini has had a upgrade in performance. The device now comes with quad and 6-core processors, up to 64gb memory and up to 2TB of all-flash storage. Therefore increasing the speed to up to 5 times faster performance than the previous generation. The quad-and 6-core 8th generation Intel Core processors with up to speeds of 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics is responsible for this massive increase in performance. As a result rivalling many larger, more powerful machines. Allowing users to perform tasks such as video editing, software development and photo editing at a much faster rate than previously.

This little powerhouse is not shy of ports either. It has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, each with double the performance of the previous Mac Mini. It can connect to high speed storage, 4K & 5K Thunderbolt displays and output video in three different formats. The Mac Mini also has a HDMI 2.0 port, 2 USB-A ports, an audio jack and 10gb Ethernet ports. (Read More)

(Purchase £799)

Homepod

The Homepod is very impressive as a singular device. However in a stereo pair the smart speaker is very very very VERY impressive. We were blown away how clear the audio was coming out of this little device. You can hear every little musical intrument and the bass is powerful but not overpowering. Even at a low volume, we could still hear the bass and the vocals. Nothing was lost. Nothing was taken away. At either end of the spectrum of volume.

AirPlay 2 alongside bring with it stereo play with 2x Homepods, it also brings multi room playing so if one Homepod is in the kitchen and one homepod is in the living room, you can simply ask Siri to play “Pop Music” in the Kitchen, whilst staying in the living room. Living Room’s music will be untouched. Seriously impressive.

Sound

All the speakers, tweakers and all music based tech from within Homepod is all Apple built and with this brings tremendous sounding music. The way that the speakers are formed and the brains from within the device, the A8 chip. Allow the speaker to adjust itself to wherever it is and from any room – even if it’s moved. No longer is sound directly forced in front of you. With the HomePod, the audio is all around you. You get the best experience, from anywhere in the room.

Consequently we are very impressed by this and cannot wait to continue learning more about this wonderful device. As audiophiles we are blown away by the craftsmanship and quality of this device.

(Purchase £319)

 

 

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Episode 304 Apple Holiday Showcase

Apple October Event

Apple October Event: Mac Creativity

Apple today have announced a plethora of new pieces of hardware designed with the creative in mind. The Apple October Event focused on the creative people of this world and how Apple are at the forefront helping them achieve their goals. We saw brand new Macbook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro’s. These update’s weren’t minuscule, they were HUGE and will help creatives big and small around the world.

Mac Mini

New Mac Mini

Mac Mini got a huge upgrade in performance. The Mac Mini now comes with quad and 6-core processors, up to 64gb memory and up to 2TB of all-flash storage. Therefore increasing the speed to up to 5 times faster performance than the previous generation.

 

 

 

 

Mac Mini: Display

The quad-and 6-core 8th generation Intel Core processors with up to speeds of 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics is responsible for this massive increase in performance. As a result rivalling many larger, more powerful machines. Allowing users to perform tasks such as video editing, software development and photo editing at a much faster rate than previously.

Mac Mini: Lots of ports!

 

 

 

 

Mac Mini is not shy of ports either. It has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, each with double the performance of the previous Mac Mini. It can connect to high speed storage, 4K & 5K Thunderbolt displays and output video in three different formats. The Mac Mini also has a HDMI 2.0 port, 2 USB-A ports, an audio jack and 10gb Ethernet ports.

The Mac Mini starts at £799 is available to order from today (Oct 30th 2018) and ready to pick up from November 7th 2018. (Apple)

 Macbook Air

Apple have announced a new version of the Macbook Air to replace the current Macbook Air. This new Macbook Air features slimmer bezels on a stunning 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the latest processors. Making the worlds most loved notebook, the Macbook Air, even better!

The display on the new Macbook Air has over 4 million pixels of resolution, making text and images look sharp and stunning. Apple have even managed to include a FaceTime HD Camera in the small bezels, three camera array and making it perfect for Group FaceTime. Macbook is now more secure than ever and includes Face ID, built right into the keyboard. Unlock your Macbook Air, authenticate purchases using Apple Pay and your identity.

 

The keyboard has been improved to share the same quality keyboard than that of Macbook and Macbook Pro. But it’s in it’s 3rd generation, with a slight improvement on the ones in the Macbook and Macbook Pro’s. Furthermore the Macbook Air’s trackpad has also been improved. Pressure sensing capabilities and haptic feedback on a 20% larger trackpad offering a quieter and more capable trackpad experience.
Audio experience on the new Macbook Air has also been improved seeing a 25% loudness imcrease and 2x more bass than the previous generation. The Macbook Air also comes with 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Allowing connections to external storage, docks for additional ports and 4K and 5K displays.
MacBook Air is available in three gorgeous finishes — gold, space grey and silver. Starting at £1,199 it’s available to order from today October 30th and pick up from November 7th. (Apple)

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has seen an incredible upgrade, marking the biggest change to iPad ever. The display has been transformed into a beautiful edge to edge Liquid Retina display. It now includes Face ID, USB C and out performs many PC laptops. Furthermore there are updates to Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio. The second generation Apple Pencil now connects to the iPad Pro magnetically, wirelessly charging at the same time. The Smart Keyboard Folio has a brand new design that’s adjustable for added versatility. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The display on the iPad Pro is now edge to edge Liquid Retina Display, made capable by the rounded corners that follow the curves of the iPad Pro’s unibody enclosure. It is Apple’s brightest and most colour accurate iPad display ever. Featuring wide colour support, True Tone capabilities and anti-reflecting coating for natural, accurate viewing experience. Either inside or outside viewing. ProMotion tech automatically adjusts the display refresh rate up to 120Hz for ultra smooth scrolling!

 

 

 

 

The new 11inch iPad Pro packs a bigger display but on a smaller form factor than the older 10.5inch model. The larger iPad Pro has the same inch screen as before (12.9″) but also on a smaller form factor. The size difference between current and previous generations? 25%! Both models are an

incredible 5.9mm thin. The thinnest iPad ever.  FaceID comes to iPad and it is designed to work in landscape mode, upside down, there is no wrong way to hold the iPad and FaceID will work no matter what. USB-C replaces lightning connector. USB-C offers power charing for the iPhone, supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 for high bandwith data transfers between cameras and musical instruments and connect to external displays up to 5K.

 

 

The new 11inch / 12.9inch iPad Pro’s are available to order today, October 30th and ready to pick up from November 7th. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at £769for the Wi-Fi model and £919 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at £969 for the Wi-Fi model and £1,119 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model (Apple)

Apple October Event Bonus: iOS12.1

iOS 12.1 is avaiable from today, Tuesday October 30th 2018. Bringing with it a plethora of new features. Such as Group Facetime and 70 new emoji to iPhone and iPad. Dual Sim is now turned on and depth control is available to use in camera preview, as well as post production. This is available to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR users.

Group FaceTime

Facetime has got a HUGE update, allowing users to call from 2 to 32 people at once. You can use all the same camera effects that you can use in messages in Group Facetime. Such as stickers and filters. Even use the brand new Memoji! Not forgetting Animoji either! Users can choose to join a group facetime call with audio or video from iPhone, iPad and Mac.

There are also a bunch of other advancements to Facetime coming aswell!
  • Automatic detection of active speakers: Facetime will now use on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speaker on the call. Automatically bringing the person who is talking to the forefront of the screen. Furthermore a users Facetime box will change depending on how active they are during the call. This is based on the duration of speech, how loudly they talk and even how much motion they use when talking. Those who aren’t talking will be placed at the bottom of the screen. Tapping will bring a participant to the front.
  • Ringless notification: When calling more than one person, FaceTime displays a notification that lets you instantly join a call without being disruptive.
  • Messages integration: If you are in a group chat, Group FaceTime is integrated directly into the messages. So you can host a group call from right within the chat. If people within the chat have already started a group call, it will show as active within the message thread.

Emoji

There’s 70 brand new emoji on it’s way to iPhone and iPad with iOS 12.1. Including characters with red, grey and curly hair, bald people get the emoji treatment too! There are some more emotional smiley faces and several new animal, sport and food emojis.

(Apple)

 

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Apple September 2018 Keynote

Episode 296 The Apple September 2018 Keynote!

Episode 294 Florida Man Ft Funk Butcher

Windows 95

Windows 95 Lives Once AGAIN!

Windows 95 is BACK! Plus you can put it on your Mac too! What was once a powerhouse in home computing is now used as an indicator of what’s possible on modern computing devices.

We’ve seen the triumphant Windows 95 loaded on to just about anything these days. From an Apple Watch, an Android smartwatch, and the Xbox One. However the Verge are reporting that you can now run the ancient OS on an app on Mac OS, Windows and Linux. Guess the phrase “there’s an app for that” really does cover everything!

A developer from the awesome guys over at Slack, Felix Rieseberg is the man behind the web app. The nostalgia inducing app is based on an existing web project that currently supports Windows 95, 98, amongst others. You can use the Windows 95 web app, just like you did before. Play Minesweeper (how many hours was killed with THAT!?) or even use word pad. Only programme that doesn’t work is Internet Explorer.

Download it here it will work on both macOS and Windows. It’ll only take up a small amount of RAM when using it too, the Verge are reporting that it takes up 200MB

(Verge)

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Apple Health

Apple Health Improvements

According to a new job listing Apple are working on improving their health data. Apple Health may soon be a lot more deeper than it is currently according to job listings that are undearthed by CNBC. It is said that Apple are working on a dedicated health chip. A dedicated health chip that will help improve the way that it processes biometric data from it’s array of devices. Apple currently design their own custom chops for iPhone and it’s rumoured to be doing the same for the Macs as early as 2020. That being said that Apple Watch is powered by a custom S3 chip. Yet if the report is to be believed future Apple Watches will include a specific special Apple Health chip to improve health data reporting.

Job Listings

CNBC are reporting that the new job listings will promote Apple’s indications towards health data. It could be that a chip that will be solely responsible for processing data for the heart rate for example, alongside helping to improve battery efficiency as there are two chips doing the work instead of one. Consequently it could be one better chip that simply helps share it’s workload better, thus, improving battery life.

The Verge are reporting that one listings read (before they were removed)

“We are looking for sensor ASIC architects to help develop ASICs for new sensors and sensing systems for future Apple products. We have openings for analog as well as digital ASIC architects.”

“Help develop health, wellness, and fitness sensors.” 

How will it be used?

Verge are reporting that they aren’t aware if Apple are looking at integrating better health tracking and monitory features or sensors into its existing chip. Or if it’s interested in developing a custom chop that would work in tandem with other hardware components. Apple currently uses a custom optical sensor for measuring your ticker. Consequently a new chip could work with the existing sensor to help process the data more efficiently.

The A11 Bionic chop thats in both the iPhone X and 8, contain a special Neural Engine. This chip is dedicated to helping speed up AI related tasks such as Animoji and FaceID. A new Apple Health chop could work similarly. It could be responsible for the standard computing tasks in addition to health ones. When this new chip may come to fruition?  It may not be for some time as the Verge are reporting that the listings are newer.

 

(Verge)

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